Course Details

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National Certificate: Army Preparation SCQF Level 4

SCQF Level 4

This short full-time course focuses on Core Skills, fitness, and transferable skills. It is an introductory award which will encourage all-round personal development, enabling you to make an informed decision about a future in the Army without any obligation to enlist.

What You Study

  • Map reading and land navigation
  • Assisting with an event
  • Accident prevention and emergency procedures
  • Fitness for the Army
  • Exercise and fitness: circuit training
  • Exercise and fitness: resistance training
  • Sporting activity: climbing
  • Sporting activity: hill walking
  • Sporting activity: mountain biking
  • Sporting activity: orienteering

Duration and Attendance

  • 18 Weeks full-time September – January
  • 18 Weeks full-time February - June

Entry Requirements

This course is an SQA group award and as such is open to all candidates who have a reasonable chance of achievement. However, all applicants will be required to attend a selection interview where their suitability for the course will be assessed.

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit the Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

Further Study

  • Intermediate Certificate: Sport and Fitness

Career Opportunities

Army Preparation is primarily designed for those candidates interested in entering a career with the Army or other public services. However, the course includes Core Skills and transferable skills which would be suitable for a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Student Expenses

  • Sport and fitness related kit is required to take part in practical activities, such as trainers, tracksuit bottoms, training tops, and shorts
  • You will also take part in outdoor activities, however the College will provide some of the essential kit required. There is no requirement for additional kit to be bought for outdoor activities

Application Process

Interview and group information session. You will also be required to take part in a practical session consisting of a timed run.

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This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts* Ends* Based at Apply
Short full-time 1st Year 01 Feb 2018 19 Jun 2018 Stenton Campus Glenrothes course full
Short full-time 1st Year 03 Sep 2018 25 Jan 2019 Stenton Campus Glenrothes apply online

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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